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A Review on Dystocia in Cows. Mollalign Mekonnen and Nibret Moges. Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine,. University of. 1. Reprod Domest Anim. Jun;44(3) doi: /jx. Epub Nov Introduction. Dystocia refers to abnormal or difficult birth. It is expected to occur in about % of first-calf heifers and in % of mature cattle.‎Introduction · ‎Clinical Approach · ‎Prevention · ‎Replacement Heifer.


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Dystocia in cattle to manage the dystocia rate and moderate its effects should focus on replacement heifer development, sire selection using EBVs for calving ease, and early dystocia intervention.

Factors affecting dystocia in cattle.

Dystocia rates in beef heifers may not be controlled by nutritional restriction during late pregnancy. On the contrary, the loss of 0.


It is recommended that heifers be fed to allow modest rates of gain 0. Protein malnutrition in late pregnancy dystocia in cattle been associated with weak calf syndrome and may be a factor contributing to neonatal mortality.

Measurement of the pelvic area of the dam to predict dystocia is sometimes used as a criterion for selection of replacement heifers, even though pelvic area alone explains only a small proportion of the variability in dystocia.


Pelvic area measurements before the dystocia in cattle season or at the time of pregnancy examination have been used to estimate the pelvic area before calving.

Those heifers with a small pelvic area before the breeding season may then be culled or selectively mated to easy calving bulls, and those with a small pelvic area at the time of pregnancy examination may be aborted, culled, or identified for careful observation at calving.

Some evidence suggests that culling heifers with the narrowest pelvic width may be more effective than culling based on pelvic area; however, such "pelvimetry" measurements may only detect the outlier animals in this multifactorial condition. A combination of culling heifers with small pelvic areas and using bulls that sire calves with small birth weights may reduce dystocia significantly.

A large number of nongenetic influences affect birth weight, such as age of the dam, environment, and birth type. The ability to identify sires appropriate for use on replacement heifers has advanced significantly. dystocia in cattle

The use of estimated breeding values EBVs or expected progeny differences EPDs for birth weight is more effective than using only sire birth weight in selecting for acceptable birth weights.

EPDs are reported in the units of the trait they reflect eg, pounds for birth dystocia in cattle. Along with each EPD is reported an accuracy ranging from 0 to 1.


EPDs most effectively help compare bulls rather than identify the specific effect a bull will have on a herd. Dystocia in cattle example, a bull with a birth weight EPD of 4.

An attempt should be made to identify bulls with good calving ease EBV figures and low birth-weight EPD dystocia in cattle use on heifers while maintaining at least moderate weaning and yearling weight EPD.

EPD can be dystocia in cattle on yearling bulls with no progeny, but the accuracy is low. The fetlock joints protrude more than one hand's breadth beyond the vulva - this calf will be delivered safely.

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Restrict breeding period to nine weeks to prevent an extended tail to the calving period with consequences of reduced cow supervision and increased BCS especially in spring-calving herds at pasture.

Potential problems Vaginal tear Tears in the vaginal wall during delivery of the calf may be sufficient to allow the protrusion of submucosal fat or extend to cause rupture of the uterine dystocia in cattle with life-threatening consequences.

Haemorrhage from a major artery in the vagina must be identified immediately after the calf has been delivered and veterinary attention sought urgently. Protrusion of submucosal fat from a vaginal tear acquired during delivery of an oversized calf.

Dystocia Management - Management and Nutrition - Veterinary Manual

Fortunately, the tear did not extend to a major blood vessel. Hip lock Hip lock often arises when excessive and inappropriate traction has been applied to an oversized calf in dystocia in cattle longitudinal presentation.

The cow quickly becomes exhausted with the calf protruding to the back of the rib cage but firmly lodged as the hips enter the cow's dystocia in cattle. Excessive and inappropriate traction has been applied to this oversized calf in anterior presentation resulting in hip lock.

Immediate veterinary attention is essential.

Calving Part 2 - Calving Problems (Dystocia)

The calf's forequarters are removed and the remaining vertebral column and pelvis are divided using embryotomy wire. The dystocia in cattle hindquarters can be pushed apart and easily removed. The calf's forequarters are removed using embryotomy wire then the remaining vertebral column and pelvis are divided.

Leg back Anterior longitudinal presentation with unilateral shoulder flexion Leg back is a common malposture in cattle obstetrics. The calf's head and one foreleg are presented at the vulva.